Thought Questions, #281-#287

Starry night sky via Unsplash (photo by Thomas Shellberg)(photo by Thomas Shellberg via Unsplash)

#281: How have you sabotaged yourself in the past five years? By not being confident enough to set a goal and chase after it.

#282: Other than money, what else have you gained from your current job? I got one of my cats from the parking lot. Does that count?

#283: Whom do you secretly envy? Why? People who are able to sit and meditate. My brain whirs around too much to make it an enjoyable experience.

#284: In twenty years, what do you want to remember? How excited I am every time I see my husband. I hope we’re still crazy in love in twenty years!

#285: What are you most excited about in your life right now—today? A big bowl of chili and Fritos. Don’t judge—it’s cold and damp out and I’m in an eating mood.

#286: What experience from this past year do you appreciate the most? It sounds weird, but struggling with depression for the majority of the year really gave me a better sense of what I value (or don’t), along with a new level of gratitude for the little things in life.

#287: What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together in the last three years? The husband and I had a pretty kickass time at the Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars concert last September. And my parents and I have had some fun visits, even though we didn’t go anywhere super-special. Sometimes just hanging out together is enjoyable enough!

 

Quickie review: ‘The Grownup’, by Gillian Flynn

A quickie review of the short story 'The Grownup', by Gillian Flynn(Thank you to Blogging For Books for the review copy!)

It’s hard to not sit down and read Flynn’s short story The Grownup all in one sitting, for two reasons:

1. It’s awesome.

2. It’s short.

Thus, this story is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a great mystery/suspense story and I devoured it. On the other hand—ten freaking dollars for a sixty-page story?! No thank you!

The story centers around an unnamed protagonist, who earns her living posing as a psychic. She’s a little bit jaded from spending her whole life conning, in some way or another, but when she encounters a woman who believes her house may be haunted, her careful game of deceit and control begins to unravel. She’s forced to ask herself, the ultimate skeptic: are ghosts real? Or has the con artist now been sucked into the ultimate con?

I think if you can get ahold of this from your local library, you should, because it’s not only one of the tightest short stories I’ve read recently, it’s a great lesson in how to maintain tension and create clever plot twists in a story, for those of us who are writers and are learning as we read. However, I wouldn’t buy it. There’s just no way I can justify the cover price!

The Grownup, by Gillian Flynn (hardcover, 64 pages). Published November 2015 by Crown. Genre: mystery, suspense, horror. Four out of five stars.

OOTD: fall colors and falling leaves

Fall colors

I think this is my favorite time of the year. The autumn colors are gorgeous and I get to wear all of my favorite things: boots, cozy scarves, and lots of layers. It’s been a bit rainy here but I did get outside to take these quick OOTD pics. I’m loving my new boot socks and wear them everyday!

Fall colors

(T-shirt, sweater: Target; jeans: Walmart; jacket: Wet Seal; boots, boot socks: Payless; scarf: Kizuri; earrings: Pier 1)